Programs can help stop drug abuse

Published 12:00 am Sunday, August 19, 2007

To the Editor:

Thank you for taking the time to do your part in helping to fight one of our society’s greatest problems. The people reading this article most likely know someone dealing with addiction issues this very second.

Did you know that there are over 23 million Americans considered to have substance abuse problems right now? Did you know that there are more than 1 million people in this country receiving substance abuse treatment right now?

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Did you know that the United States has the highest jail/prison population in the world and that roughly 80 percent of that population is incarcerated either directly or indirectly for issues involving substance abuse?

My name is Emily Milburn, I am 19, and I used to be a statistic. I was 13 years old when I first started using drugs. My substance abuse problems finally landed me in jail.

My family was devastated. They did not understand why I was making such poor choices. They did not know what to do or where to turn. They were confused, they were disappointed, but more than anything they just wanted to get me some help!

Fortunately for my family and ultimately for me, there are avenues readily available for people to get help in our great country.

Newspapers, television stations, radio broadcasts, the internet, all of these outlets made it possible for my family to do their research and find the right program for me. And it worked!

I graduated from the Narconon program and have been doing great since. My family chose this specific program because of its unique and non-traditional approach that specialized in my type of addiction and because it has a success rate of over 70 percent.

I want your readers to know that there is always hope and there is always something that can be done about addiction issues.

If you are tired of watching someone you love lose everything in life that matters then do something about it now!

Narconon provides free addiction counseling, local referrals, and residential treatment and can be reached at or 1-800-468-6933.

Thank you for this opportunity and together we can make the world a better place.

Emily Milburn

Narconon Graduate